Violin sonata in E major (HWV 373)

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The Violin sonata in E major (HWV 373) is a work for violin and keyboard (harpsichord) that was originally thought to have been composed by George Frideric Handel. Modern scholars however believe it doubtful that the work was composed by Handel, and have labelled it as "spurious". The work was first published in 1730 by Walsh. Other catalogues of Handel's music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,54; and HHA iv/4,55.[1]

The sonata was first published in the 1730 Walsh edition as Sonata XII. For some reason Walsh did not republish the work in his 1732 edition. The Chrysander edition published the work as Sonata XV, and the designation of "Opus 1, No. 15" is his. All editions indicate that the work is for violin.


The work consists of four movements:

Movement Type Key signature Time signature Bars Notes
1 Adagio E major 4
2 Allegro E major 2
66 Two sections (31 and 35 bars)—each with repeat markings. First section concludes with a B major chord.
3 Largo Multiple keys 3
19 Begins in C minor.
4 Allegro E major 3
67 Two sections (24 and 43 bars)—each with repeat markings. First section concludes, and second section begins in B major.

(Movements do not contain repeat markings unless indicated. The number of bars is taken from the Chrysander edition, and is the raw number in the manuscript—not including repeat markings.)

See also


  1. ^ Hicks, Anthony (2001). Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. x (2 ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 802.

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